The importance of standardized test results is becoming more prevalent in the structure of classroom instruction and the operation of schools throughout the nation due to pressure on educators and students from various levels of authority. This study looks at the relationship between classroom instruction and standardized test content and the effects this has on students, parents, and teachers. Seventeen fourth grade students, fourteen parents of fourth graders, and fifteen elementary teachers completed surveys. The study describes several positive and negative aspects to standardized tests, along with ideas of who is responsible for test performance. Standardized tests provide comparisons and are a tool for improvement. Too much emphasis is placed on high stakes test along with unrealistic expectations for some. The results indicate that ongoing assessment is effective for measuring student learning and teacher effectiveness.
Standardized Testing, Accountability, and Student Achievement
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Ballard, K., & Bates, A. (2008). Making a Connection between Student Achievement, Teacher Accountability, and Quality Classroom Instruction . The Qualitative Report, 13(4), 560-580. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol13/iss4/3